Hannah Barnes was our best-placed rider in a wet and wild Gent Wevelgem. A change to the parcours, with a new order of climbs created a small group after the second ascent of the Kemmelbergy climb. A small group of ten riders contested the sprint finish, with Jolien d’Hoore (DLT) winning.
“We raced well, and Hannah was well-positioned into the early climbs and also the gravel plugstreet sections. It’s just unfortunate she couldn’t make that front group the second time over the Kemmelberg,” said Tiffany.
“Then it was Alena and I chasing to try to bring the group back. From 40 seconds we got within about 6 seconds I think it was, but unfortunately not enough to give Hannah the chance to sprint.”
Hannah said, “Just one mistake and that cost the chance to go for a result. It’s disappointing because for the rest of the race I was positioned well and part of all the important moves. That’s how it went.”
The team will now prepare for the highlight of the classics, Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday 17 October.